It seems that Napoli central defender Alessandro Gamberini has agreed to sign for Chievo rather than Leeds United.

Serie A minnows Chievo are on the brink of announcing the signature of Napoli defender Alessandro Gamberini, according to the latest reports in Italy.

The experienced Italian international had been linked with a move to Leeds United, who have added a number of players from Italy so far this summer.

But Verona club Chievo always had the advantage in the battle to sign the ex-Fiorentina man because he was said to be reluctant to leave his homeland.

According to Il Corriere di Verona, Chievo have overcome competition from Leeds and Gamberini is ready to put pen to paper on a three-year contract.

Gamberini had become surplus to requirements in Rafa Benitez’s Napoli squad and his contract expires in June 2015, making a sale this summer likely.

Leeds will be disappointed to miss out on Gamberini, who is a month short of his 33rd birthday, because he has an impressive track record in Serie A.

The Bologna native has eight caps for Italy and even travelled to Euro 2008 after an injury to Fabio Cannavaro, although he didn’t get on the pitch in Austria and Switzerland.

The deal is likely to be confirmed later today and Gamberini will be a big addition for Chievo who as ever will be attempting to defy the naysayers and maintain their Serie A status.

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